Biden administration moves to block copper mine near Boundary Waters – October 21, 2021

Biden administration moves to block copper mine near Boundary Waters

The Biden administration took the first step to quash a proposed copper mine near the popular Boundary Waters wilderness area in northeastern Minnesota on Wednesday with an inter-agency request to block mineral leases in the area for 20 years. It was a change in course from the Trump era, when the government smiled on the proposed Twin Metals mine.

Cattle a weak point in strong farm economy

Elevated commodity prices supported farm income and kept the U.S. agricultural economy strong into this autumn, said the Kansas City Federal Reserve Bank on Wednesday. But weakness in the cattle industry persisted.

Today’s Quick Hits

GMO corn for Mexico: Mexico’s agriculture minister said the country would allow imports of U.S.-grown GMO corn “for agro industries” but would not allow domestic cultivation of the GMO crop. Mexico is the No. 2 market for U.S. corn. (Reuters)

Strike worries farmers: With good-quality farm equipment in high demand, producers say the strike by union workers at Deere and Co. could exacerbate the scramble for parts and machinery, already strained by supply-chain slowdowns. (NBC News)

Rep. Harris prescribed ivermectin: Maryland Rep. Andy Harris, an anesthesiologist and a member of the House panel overseeing USDA funding who voted to overturn President Biden’s election, said he recently wrote a prescription for ivermectin, a livestock dewormer touted as a Covid-19 treatment, “and yeah, couldn’t find a pharmacy to fill it.” (Washington Post)

Small farm paradox: The small family farm is revered in America as central to society and the food supply but the newest wave of farmers on a few acres are failing just like their predecessors – a demonstration that fundamental change is needed, says author Sarah Mock. (The Counter)

Pushback on chlorpyrifos: More than 80 agricultural groups filed a formal objection with the EPA over its plan to revoke all tolerance levels for the weedkiller in food. (DTN/Progressive Farmer)

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